Tulsi Gabbard Demands US End Saudi Aid, Ties Government to 9/11 Terrorist Hijackers

Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard demanded the U.S. government release documents tying the Saudi Arabian government to the 9/11 terrorist hijackers and called for an end to all Saudi aid Tuesday in New York.

Gabbard spoke at the 9/11 Tribute Museum in lower Manhattan alongside the family members of victims from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Gabbard sought to end a decades-long search for "truth" about the Saudi government's role, if any, in aiding or abetting the 9/11 hijackers, 15 of whom were citizens from Saudi Arabia.

The 2020 Democratic candidate called on the Justice Department and the FBI to "declassify and release" any investigative documents which may implicate the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the attacks which left nearly 3,000 people dead.

"Eighteen years ago our nation was attacked by al-Qaida, radical Islamic terrorists, this is something that is commonly known but the reality is we still don't fully know whether they were aided by the Saudi government, enabling them to successfully carry out this attack on our nation," Gabbard said Tuesday at the press conference and event entitled "Stories of Strength and Resilience."

"Families who lost their loved ones want the truth and they deserve the truth, they want answers, they deserve answers. The American people want to know exactly what happened and who was behind it. Even as we are approaching 20 years since this attack took place, there are still ongoing questions about whether the Saudi government, or personnel within their government were involved in any way with this attack."

Gabbard said it is "absolutely unacceptable" that the government's investigation into Saudi ties has been kept classified from victims' families and the American people as a whole.

The Hawaii congresswoman and U.S. military veteran insisted that the United States and the Trump administration should end its cozy relationship with the country's government. She called on the U.S. to end all aid to the Saudis until answers about the 9/11 attacks are made public.

"We should not be selling them our weapons, we should not be aiding or providing them with any kind of support, so long as they continue" aiding terrorist groups such as al-Qaida, Gabbard continued.

She later condemned the Trump administration's handling of the murder of journalist and Saudi Arabian dissident Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey in October 2018.

"You heard an outcry coming from people across Washington and across the media. Why are they not spending every single day outraged about what the families here have expressed?" Gabbard said of the Khashoggi assassination and repeated Saudi denials.

Gabbard repeatedly expressed her grief for the victims' families present at the 9/11 Museum Tuesday.

"Thousands lost their lives on that day, we honor the memory of every single one of them," she said. "Those who were just getting to work that morning, children who were just getting dropped off at daycare, first responders who rushed into those crumbling towers to save lives. And the first responders who have been lost ever since. Never, ever will we forget the heroes who sacrificed their lives to save others."

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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) speaks during a forum on gun safety at the Iowa Events Center on August 10 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty
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